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Protect and improve eye and total body health with the new Fortifeye Focus

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Dr Michael Lange discusses how the new Fortifeye Focus may benefit everyone.

Ever since the introduction of computers, tablets, smart phones and  led lighting we have seen a tremendous surge in patients complaining of eyes that feel wiped out, fatigued, tired and dry.  Clinically we are also seeing macula disease at much earlier ages.   This is not a coincidence, it may be related to the prolonged periods of time we are being exposed  to the high intensity visible spectrum or blue light in our indoor  environment.  This  blue light  becomes cumulative over time and may  cause potential damage to the eyes and entire body.   This combination is creating a syndrome called computer vision syndrome and also exposing the macula to damaging blue light.  Is there anything u can do short of living in a tent with no electricity?  Yes there are  two things I recommend to all of my patients these days to help protect them from the damaging man-made blue light that we come in contact with daily.

  1.  Wear a good pair of glasses that have a blue light filtering monomer in the lens. I recommend a clear lens called Blue Light Defense or a lens coming out soon called Blue Light Shield.  These lenses are totally clear and come in prescription or non prescription. learn more at www.bluelightdefense.com
  2. Take a supplement called Fortifeye Focus once daily.

Fortifeye Focus is a small red and black soft gel  that has three carotenoids  lutein, zeaxanthin and astaxanthin.  This soft gel is made from fish gelatin and contains  non gmo olive oil to help with the absorption of the 3 carotenoids.  There are numerous studies that have been published proving the ocular health and total health benefits of lutein, zeaxanthin isomers and astaxanthin.  Fortifeye Focus is the first in the industry to use the combination of lutein, zeaxantin isomers and astaxanthin in therapeutic dosage in a fish gelatin. Doctors all over the world are recommending this supplement to their patients.

Fortifeye Focus is now using a 5:1 ratio of lutein and zeaxanthin isomers that have been extensively studied.  Lutein combined with both zeaxanthin isomers (RR-and RS(meso)-zeaxanthin) have been utilized in this new formula.  Dr  Michael Lange and Fortifeye Vitamins decided to switch the form of Lutein and zeaxanthin they were using in their Focus supplement to Lutemax 20/20 and award-winning carotenoid  ratio made by Omni Actives. The switch to this new ratio came as a result of the recent  LAMA studies.  LAMA I is complete and LAMA II near completion at this time.  These studies are the first to show the positive benefits of supplementing with all 3 macular carotenoids lutein, RR- and RS- zeaxanthin  at the exact ratios  being used by Fortifeye Focus. These studies support these positive benefits  on visual performance and brain functioning. Supplementing with these levels of carotenoids increased MPOD (macular pigment optical density) rapidly.  The increased MPOD helps to protect the macular from blue light damage and oxidative stress which may reduce the risk of macular degeneration.   Pending and  current ongoing studies may also show a link with improved sleep, improved skin health ,improve psychological well-being and lower cortisol levels with the exact ratios being used in Fortifeye Focus. “When combining these carotenoids with astaxanthin a synergy seems to occur that benefits the patients much more than when either is  used individually” states Dr Lange.

Astaxanthin has been used in this formula since its development  over five years ago.  Astaxanthin has numerous ocular and over all health benefits that have been studied extensively at 6mg.  Astaxanthin is one of the most potent anti oxidants and anti inflammatory nutrients  known to man.  This carotenoid improves blood flow to the eye and brain also crossing  the blood brain and blood retinal barrier making it the perfect nutrient to use in combination with Lutein and Zeaxanthin for support of the brain and the eye.  Numerous studies indicate astaxanthin  improves accommodative  ability of the eye reducing eye strain associated with near point stress. This super carotenoid helps to absorb the harmful  UV light protecting the skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Patients often times report less wrinkles in their face after supplementing with 6 mg of astaxanthin for 3 months. Studies indicate astaxanthin will lower inflammatory markers in the blood along with lowering the harmful cholesterol.  Many sports related studies are proving that astaxanthin improves muscle recovery and endurance.  Patients on a daily basis report many positive eye and overall health benefits after taking Fortifeye Focus for a few months. Some report positive benefits in as short as one week after supplementing daily.

Dr Michael Lange and Fortifeye Vitamins are  continuously involved in ongoing research to enhance the Fortifeye line of supplements .  Dr Lange sees the effect life style changes, dietary modifications and proper supplementation can make on patients  ocular and overall health daily in clinical practice.  Fortifeye Focus is available at many eye care providers through out the world that carry Fortifeye Vitamins or you can order at http://www.fortifeye.com  or call 866 503 9746

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Natural Dry Eye Treatment and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction protocol.

Dr. Michael Lange in front of The Lange Eye Institute in The Villages Florida, home of the dry eye!  Natural Dry Eye Treatment and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction by Dr Michael Lange  11/27/2014 Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and Dry Eye Treatment can be accomplished naturally without the use of any drugs or surgery.  Dr Michael Lange of Lange Eye Care and The  Lange Eye Institute has been using an all natural approach for this condition  for over 20 years with huge success.    Dr.  Lange says if these steps are explained in detail to the patient and are followed carefully a vast improvement in dry eye and Meibomian gland dysfunction will be a result. Michael Lange OD, CNS is one of a select group of eye care providers that is a certified nutrition specialist as well. Dr. Lange is involved in the research and development of nutritional supplements for eye care and whole body wellness. Dr Michael Lange founded Lange Eye care and Associates 3/15/1993 and has grown to 10 locations in Florida. The Lange Eye institute in the Villages Florida is one of the largest Nutrition oriented eye care centers in the country . The Lange Eye Institute is the home to many nutritional omega index studies, beta-carotene/lutein absorption studies and spectracell nutritional studies. Dr.Lange is constantly searching for better natural ways to help his patients. The Lange Eye Institute in The Villages Florida embraces the latest in nutritional, surgical, medical and optical treatments to help their patients. The following 6 steps will help doctors and patients in their quest to improve dry eye and Meibomian gland dysfunction. These six steps if followed will possibly eliminate even the dryest of eye conditions.  The goal is to make the body work to its fullest potential. 1. Nutrition for dry eyes is the most important step in natural dry eye treatment. The majority of Americans are deficient in omega 3 with an Omega index score around 4 . Omega index is the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 in blood. Omega index should be over 8 to gain the therapeutic health benefits. Take a good triglyceride form omega 3 fish oil with a minimum of 1500 mg of omega 3. Fortifeye Super Omega is many doctors choice for dry eye. The correct dosage of omega 3 will reduce inflammation in the Meibomian glands and improve the tear production. Most patients after taking the correct form omega 3 supplement in the right dosage will have a dramatic improvement in the tear production from the Meibomian glands. Fortifeye Super Omega gives the ratio of DHA and EPA that has been working in large dry eye clinics throughout the world. Omega index studies indicate that two per day dosing of Fortifeye Super Omega will bring the omega index to an average between 9.1 and 11 in patients under 240 lbs. The goal is to bring the omega index to a minimum of 8. People over 240 lbs may need to double the concentration of omega 3 to get the same results. Most patients with dry eyes and Meibomian gland dysfunction will improve by starting the correct form and dosage of omega 3 fish oil. However some moderate to marked dry eye symptoms may need some additional nutritional help. I recommend adding the most potent antioxidant /anti inflammatory nutrient on earth  called astaxanthin at 6mg. Fortifeye Focus improves dry tired eye symptoms. Works well with Fortifeye Super omega. Astaxanthin for dry eye is rapidly gaining a strong foothold in natural eye care. Astaxanthin is a super carotenoid derived from algae. Astaxanthin when added to omega 3 fish oil will enhance the anti inflammatory effects. Astaxanthin will also help to reduce dry tired eye symptoms. Astaxanthin has many other amazing health benefits.  The combination of triglyceride form omega 3 fish oil and 6 mg of astaxanthin will help combat against oxidation and inflammation in the eye and entire body. This combination will also improve circulation to the eye and may indirectly help other eye problems like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. One final nutrient that can be added for the more extreme dry eye is GLA from Black currant seed oil. I like a ratio of close to 10 to 1 GLA to omega 3. 140-160 mg of GLA in addition to 1400-1600 mg of omega 3 fish oil is ideal. The exact combination can be obtained by taking two Fortifeye super omega along with 140 mg- 160 mg of GLA. GLA has some additional anti inflammatory properties that stimulate series 1 prostaglandins and aids in healthy tear production. The triple whammy of dry eye nutrition is Triglyceride form omega 3 fish oil, Astaxanthin and GLA. There is a wonderful synergy between Omega 3, Astaxanthin and GLA.  This combination of nutrients is also a power house formula for improving  skin and joint health.  Very new science is proving that the addition of very low dosage of aspirin ( 1/2 a baby aspirin full baby aspirin)  taken at the same time as omega 3 fish oil may also work well together. The low dose aspirin potentiates the anti-inflammatory effects ( resolvin d3) of the omega 3.   This is also being used in moderate to severe dry eye with positive success. Lowering inflammation is very important in the treatment of dry eyes.  Dr Lange recommends patients to take the 1/2 baby aspirin with Fortifeye Super Omega at bedtime.  Always discuss this with your primary care physician before initiating low dose aspirin therapy.

 
Fortifeye Focus improves dry tired eye symptoms. Works well with Fortifeye Super omega.

2. One of the main reasons for dry eye symptoms and Meibomian gland dysfunction is a build up of microbial flora on the eye lashes and inside the Meibomian glands. This condition is called blepharitis. If lids are quite inflamed ,red and crusty then proper lid hygiene is crucial as the first step at natural dry eye relief. I recommend scrubbing the lids and lid margins with a commercial preparation like occusoft lid scrub foam. This scrubbing will eliminate much of the bacterial flora on the lashes that can clog the Meibomian glands that secrete the crucial outer layer of the tear film. Often times if a patient has a chronic irritated red-eye even after doing lid scrubs with occusoft they may have another condition causing the problem, Another type of blepharitis is related to a small parasite called demodex. Demodex is a small parasite ( mite)that crawls into the hair follicle at night and lays eggs. These eggs will back up on the base of the lash causing a collarette to be seen by the optometrist or ophthalmologist with the bio microscope.  The demodex may cause lids to become red, inflamed, crusty , and itch. It is important to wipe the lashes and lid margins with a special pre medicated pad called cliradex right before bed. Cliradex has the demodex killing properties derived from tea tree oil and is extremely effective for the treatment of demodex related blepharitis and secondary dry eyes. Scrub lashes first with occusoft, rinse then rub the Cliradex onto lashes and lids before bed and do not rinse. This combination of lid hygiene will help to eliminate the microbial flora ( staph and demodex) that is blocking the Meibomian glands and causing the dry eyes. Proper lid hygiene is one of the most important steps in dry eye control and Meibomian gland dysfunction.

cliradex for blepharitis, if in doubt use Cliradex

cliradex for blepharitis, if in doubt use Cliradex

3. Meibomian glands often times need a jump-start to help them function to their fullest potential and secrete a healthy tear film. Massaging and heating the lid margins is necessary to unclog the Meibomian glands so these glands can secrete the outer lipid layer of tear film. This needs to be done for 10-15 minutes 2 times a day. The use of a warm wash cloth is an inexpensive way to accomplish this but Dr. Lange recommends using  the Bruder Mask to heat up the Meibomian glands.  This is a mask that is put in microwave for 20 seconds and then Velcro around your face for 10-15 minutes two times a day. While the mask is on the eyes gently massage the lid margins to help un-block the blocked glands. This mask will also help cut inflammation surrounding the eyes. The Bruder eye hydrating mask can last 5-10 years without being replaced. This mask is only $25 and makes the hot compresses a very simple and relaxing task.1168-222x300   4.  The use of good preservative free lubricating eye drops are important to use frequently in beginning phases of natural dry eye treatment. Artificial tears that have some hyaluranic acid for dry eye relief is Dr Langes first choice. Dr Lange recommends either Oasis tears plus or Blink to minimize dry eye symptomatology and both have hyaluronic acid in them . Hyaluaronic acid has some anti inflammatory effects and makes these two lubricating eye drops ideal for dry eyes. For the extreme dry eyes and Meibomian gland dysfunction the addition of a special lubricating eye drop called Retain MGD will add additional subjective relief.  Retain MGD helps to replenish the outer lipid layer of tear film that may be deficient in Meibomian gland dysfunction . This combination helps to replenish all layers of the tear film.

great for dry eye associated with blepharitis.

great for dry eye associated with blepharitis.

5.  If these first four steps are followed a large percent of dry eye /Meibomian gland dysfunction patients will improve and become asymptomatic. However there will still be patients  that have resistance and will still suffer from this condition. This is when punctal occlusion is recommended.  This is done by your optometrist or ophthalmologist in the office in less than five minutes.  The doctor will take a small custom sized soft medical silicone implant and place it in your drainage duct in your lower eye lids and sometimes in the ducts in the superior eye lid . This is a painless quick procedure that is covered by your insurance.  This blocks the duct that the tears drain out of. This procedure keeps the natural tears on the eye much longer bathing the eye in the natural lubricating properties of the human tear. Punctal occlusion therapy is much more effective after patients have been on anti inflammatory omega 3 fish oil, astaxanthin and GLA for a period of two to three months.  The anti inflammatory nutrients reduce the inflammatory markers in the tear film which makes punctal occlusion much more effective. 6.  Even after following the first five steps you will have patients with moderate to severe dry eye that still have superficial punctate keratitis and significant symptoms.  These patients will usually respond extremely well to new generation stem cell therapies. The Lange Eye Institute and Lange Eye Care Centers are now using  a cryopreserved amniotic membrane called Prokera to reduce inflammation and promote regenerative healing of the ocular surface in these significant dry eye cases . Prokera is a safe quick in office procedure similar to placing a contact lens on the eye that improves the health of a damaged ocular surface naturally. Lange Eye Care has had some amazing visual recoveries on patients with long-term eye inflammation and pain using these new stem cell enhanced membranes.  Dr Michael Lange and the doctors at The Lange Eye Institute  are also using a another membrane calle Aril.  This is an  A cellular allograft amniotic memrane that can be used in place of the prokera for many patients.  Some of the benefits of the Aril is it will not compromise your vision while wearing it for the five day period.   If you have a corneal problem causing pain or compromised vision come to one of the Lange Eye Care locations and see if you may be a candidate for some of this new generation stem cell enhanced amniotic membranes.  After success of the membrane is accomplished patients should continue the first four steps for maximum long term benefit.  Patients with moderate to sever dry eye can get significant improvement with these steps. Dr Michael Lange  states if the first four steps above are followed carefully most people with dry eye and Meibomian gland problems will improve. Many people will notice improvements in as little as five days but it will take up to four months to gain the full potential for dry eyes. These first 4 steps will in many cases eliminate the need to have more expensive dry eye procedures done.  However there will be a percent of patients that will still have a dry eye issue and will need to go to step 5 and step 6. Steps 5 and 6 are still using  a natural approach to solve your dry eye problem.  Dr Lange states that step 6 , utilization of stem cell enhanced amniotic membranes for severe dry eye has dramatically enhanced a clinicians ability to help patients suffering with severe dry eyes !   Dry eye kits including everything mentioned above  in step 1-4 are available at a discounted price at http://www.fortifeye.com.  recommend all readers of this  see their local optometrist or ophthalmologist if they have any problems with their eyes. This  is for educational purposes only. If you are in the Florida area come by one of the 10 Lange Eye Care locations. http://www.langeeyecare.com , http://www.drmichaellange.com

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Natural Treatment for Blepharitis by Dr Michael Lange

Natural Treatment for blepharitis by Dr Michael Lange

 

inflamed lid margins from blepharitis

inflamed lid margins from blepharitis

Blepharitis is a chronic inflammatory condition of the eye lid margins.  Dr Michael Lange says this condition can be very mild and symptomless or marked with severe symptoms.  Belpharitis is a combination of scaley, flakey, red , swollen, crusty,  greasy eye lids.  Patients with blepharitis are more likely to experience eyes that burn, tear, feel sandy and gritty these patents often times wake up in the am with their eyes matted together. Blepharitis also increases the risk of a sty or chalazion forming on the lid margins. Many of these patients will also loose lashes along the lid margins.

There are three basic types of blepharitis. 1. Bacterail,  2. Seborrheic   3. Demodex ( Mites).

Natural treatment for blepharitis consists of proper lid hygiene. Scrubbing the eye lashes extremely well before bed time with occusoft foam will reduce the cause in most cases however a certain percent of patients will have demodex ( mites) on their lashes and will need to use a diluted solution of tea tree oil applied to lid margins or will need to use Cliradex a commercially prepared wipe with the components  of tea tree oil in it already.  The eye lid margins must first be heated well with a warm wash cloth or use the Bruder mask ( mask developed to heat the lids) , then clean lashes well with occusoft scrubbing foam and rinse well. Prior to bed wipe the cleaned lids with Cliradex wipes and do not wash off. The Cliradex will kill the demodex mites that are laying eggs in the hair follicles and creating a marked case of blepharitis..  So heating and cleaning the lid margins is the most important step at treating blepharitits.  When the heat is being applied to the lid margins gently massage the lid margins to help open the potentially blocked Meibomian glands along the lid margins.

cliradex for blepharitis, if in doubt use Cliradex

cliradex for blepharitis, if in doubt use Cliradex

Dr Michael Lange uses Fortifeye super omega two times a day orally in his patients to help reduce the inflammation associated with blepharitis. He states this is a crucial step in the natural treatment of blepharitis. The Fortifeye Super Omega ( or a triglyceride form omega 3 fish oil with approx. Epa 900 and Dha 600) will get into the Meibomian glands and help to produce a much clearer healthier tear film and this will reduce the dry eyes associated with blepharitis.  The anti inflammatory properties associated with the Fortifeye Super Omega will also reduce the eye lid inflammation and redness. Dr Lange also likes to add 6 mg of astaxanthin along with some lutein and zeaxanthin in moderate to marked cases of blepharitis for the additional anti inflammatory properties when used together with omega 3.  He uses an astaxnathin, lutein product he developed called Fortifeye Focus combined with two Fortifeye Super  omega for most of his moderate to marked blepharitis cases.

Fortifeye Focus helps inflamed lid margins.

Fortifeye Focus helps inflamed lid margins.

Fortifeye Super Omega for blepharitis

Fortifeye Super Omega for blepharitis

Most of the blepharitis patients will have a dry eye as well so using a good unpreserved artificial tear if very important. Most of the artificial tears purchased over the counter do not work well however. Dr Lange recommends using a preservative free lubricating eye drop that has hyluranic acid in it like Oasis Tears Plus or Blink tears. These both work quite well in dry eye patients with blepharitits. In the more advanced dry eye patients he recommends using one of those two (blink or Oasis) combined with Retaine tears. Retaine replaces the outer lipid layer of the tear film that may be compromised in blepharitis patients.

great for dry eye associated with blepharitis.

great for dry eye associated with blepharitis.

In summary the natural treatment of  Blepharitis is Heating the lids, cleaning the lids and utilizing the nutritional benefits of Omega 3 fish oil and astaxanthin. Treating the symptoms with good unpreserved lubricating eye drops. Blepharitis is a chronic problem and patinets will need to follow these instructions daily for one month then maybe cut back to lid hygiene and heat every three days but continue taking the omega 3 and astaxanthin indefinitely.  If you have blepharitis go to your eye care provider for continued follow up care.   You can purchase the items discussed from your local eye care provider or  go to http://www.fortifeye.com  . call 866 503 9746.  You may also come to any od the 10 Lange Eye Care locations in Florida for  Natural treatment of blepharitis. http://www.langeeyecare.com

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Natural Dry Eye Relief by Michael Lange OD, CNS

Michael Lange OD discusses Natural Dry Eye Relief and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction treatment

Michael Lange OD, CNS in front of The Lange Eye Insitute in The Villages.

Michael Lange OD, CNS in front of The Lange Eye Insitute in The Villages.

Dr. Michael Lange founder of Lange Eye Care, Syndicated Radio Talk show host of “Ask the Dr” and Certified Nutrition Specialist has developed four clinically proven steps to give dramatic dry eye relief to the majority of dry eye patients.

1. A condition causing the lids to become quite inflamed,red and crusty called blepharitis is a main cause of dry eyes and meibomian gland dysfunction. Good lid hygiene is a crucial step in natural dry eye relief. Michael Lange OD recommends cleansing the lids and lid margins with a commercial preparation called occusoft lid scrub. The scrubbing will eliminate much of the bacterial flora that can clog the Meibomian glands. This lid scrub with occusoft will help to reduce the staph bacterial flora that blocks the meibomian glands. If the patient continues to have a chronic red-eye with inflamed lid margins then it could be a form of blepharitis related to a parasite called Demodex. Demodex is a small parasite that reproduces in the hair follicle at night. The demodex may cause lids to become red, inflamed, crusty , and itch ( demodex blepharitis). It is important to wipe the lashes and lid margins with a special pre medicated pad called cliradex right before bed. Cliradex has the demodex killing properties derived from tea tree oil and is extremely effective for the treatment of demodex related blepharitis and secondary dry eyes. Scrub lashes first with occusoft, rinse then rub the Cliradex onto lashes and lids before bed and do not rinse. This combination of lid hygiene will help to eliminate the microbial flora ( staph and demodex) that is blocking the Meibomian glands and causing the dry eyes. The meticulous cleaning of the lids and lid margins with occusoft and or cliradex will improve the functioning of the meibomian glands and help reduce dry eye symptoms naturally.

2. The most important step in natural dry eye relief is proper nutrition. The majority of Americans are deficient in omega 3 with an Omega index score around 4 . Omega index is the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 in blood. Omega index should be over 8 to gain the therapeutic health benefits. Take a good triglyceride form omega 3 fish oil with a minimum of 1500 mg of omega 3
The correct dosage of omega 3 will reduce inflammation in the Meibomian glands and improve the tear production. Most patients will have a dramatic improvement in the tear production from the Meibomian glands after starting a good omega 3 supplement. Fortifeye Super Omega gives the ratio of DHA and EPA that has been used in large dry eye clinics throughout the world. Omega index studies indicate that two per day dosing of Fortifeye Super Omega will bring the omega index to an average between 9.1 and 11 in patients under 240 lbs. The goal is to bring the omega index to a minimum of 8. People over 240 lbs may need to double the concentration of omega 3 to get the same results. Most patients with dry eyes and meibomian gland dysfunction will improve by starting the optimal dosage and form of omega 3 fish oil. However some moderate to marked dry eye symptoms may need some additional nutritional help. Dr. Michael Lange recommends adding 6mg of astaxanthin due to its antioxidant and anti inflammatory effects. Astaxanthin is the hottest nutrient in the supplement business at this time due to its incredible health benefits.
Astaxanthin for dry eye is rapidly gaining a strong foothold in the natural medicine realm. Astaxanthin is a super carotenoid derived from algae. Astaxanthin when added to omega 3 fish oil will enhance the anti inflammatory effects. Astaxanthin will also help to reduce dry tired eye symptoms. Astaxanthin has many other amazing health benefits. I recommend using an organically grown algae called astareal. The combination of triglyceride form omega 3 and 6 mg of astaxanthin will help combat against oxidation and inflammation in the eye and entire body. This combination will also improve circulation to the eye and may indirectly help other eye problems like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. One final nutrient that can be added for the more extreme dry eye is GLA from Black currant seed oil. I like a ratio of close to 10 to 1 GLA to omega 3. 140-160 mg of GLA in addition to 1400-1600 mg of omega 3 fish oil is ideal. The exact combination can be obtained by taking two Fortifeye super omega along with 140mg- 160 mg of GLA. GLA has some additional anti inflammatory properties that stimulate series one prostaglandins and aids in healthy tear production. The triple whammy of dry eye nutrition is TG form omega 3, Astaxanthin and GLA. GLA for dry eye when used in combination with omega 3 and astaxanthin works very well. This combination is also great for skin and joint health

3.Meibomian glands may become blocked with time. Meibomian glands often times need a jump-start to help them secrete a healthier tear film. Heating and massaging the lid margins is crucial to unblock the meibomian glands so the glands can secrete the outer layer of tear film. This needs to be done for 10-15 minutes 2 times a day. The use of a warm wash cloth is an inexpensive way to do this but I have found that the Brueder Mask is the best way to continuously do this treatment. This is a mask that u put in microwave for 20 seconds and then Velcro around your face for 10-15 minutes two times a day. While the mask is on the eyes gently massage the lid margins to help un clog the blocked glands. This mask will also help cut inflammation around and under the eyes. The Brueder eye hydrating mask can last up to two to three years without being replaced. This mask is only $25 and makes the hot compresses a very simple and relaxing task.

4. Artificial tears are important to use frequently in initial phases of natural dry eye treatment. Using a good unpreserved artificial tear that has some hyaluranic acid for relief of dry eyes is my first choice. I recommend either Oasis tears plus or Blink to minimize dry eye symptomatology and both have hyaluronic acid in them . Hyaluaronic acid has some anti inflammatory effects and makes these two lubricating eye drops my first choice for dry eyes. For the extreme dry eyes and Meibomian gland dysfunction patients I like adding a special lubricating eye drop called Retain MGD. Retain MGD helps to replenish the outer lipid layer of tear film that may be deficient in Meibomian gland dysfunction patients. This combination helps to replenish all layers of the tear film. Combining oasis tears plus with Retain MGD with about ten minutes in between drops will help extreme dry eyes. These unpreserved lubricating eye drops can be used as frequently as necessary to get dry eye relief.

Michael Lange OD states if the four steps above are followed carefully most people with dry eye and meibomian gland problems will improve. Many people will notice improvements in as little as five days but it will take up to four months to gain the full potential for dry eyes. These steps will in many cases eliminate the need to have more expensive dry eye procedures like Meibomian gland probing, lipiflow dry eye treatment or IPL laser dry eye treatment performed. Dry eye kits including everything mentioned above are available at a discounted price at http://www.fortifeye.com. I recommend all readers of this blog see their local optometrist or ophthalmologist if they have any problems with their eyes. This blog is for educational purposes only. If you are in the Florida area come by one of the 10 Lange Eye Care locations. http://www.langeeyecare.com , http://www.drmichaellange.com Dry eye will affect every one sooner or later in life and a natural approach to treat dry eyes is the best approach.

Everything discussed in this article can be purchased at http://www.fortifeye.com or u can call 866 503 9746

Michael Lange OD, CNS (Board Certified Optometric Physician and Certified Nutrition Specialist) 10/07/2013

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